Are #trackers #malware? Technically they don't exploit your software/hardware. But on a functional level what they do is almost identical to #spyware. As far as I can tell from a user perspective the motives and actions of spyware operators and tracker operators are equally opague and therefore practically indistinguishable.
Ich berate in meiner täglichen Arbeit Betroffene von Cyberstalking. Nur mühsam & vorsichtig (=anonym) trauen sie sich nach so einer Phase digitaler Entblößung wieder ins Netz. Eine #Klarnamenspflicht würde ihnen eine Rückkehr ins normale/öffentliche Leben völlig unmöglich machen.
Capitalism is quietly erasing the idea of private property. All products are effectively becoming rentals, and the companies can revoke your right to use them whenever they feel like it. It's becoming increasingly difficult to actually own anything. Media is streamed, and devices are locked from the users.
It's hilarious how all the things people were afraid of happening under communism are actually happening under capitalism.
⚠️ The Fediverse has been scraped, again ⚠️
Almost six million posts from 363 instances have been scraped.
"All the posts with public visibility published by users hosted on Mastodon servers [...] which support the English language" have been scraped along with their metadata, and the "policy, the code of conduct and the prohibited contents of each instance".
The dataset is an attempt at creating an open dataset for "research" into algorithms like the ones Facebook uses to identify problematic content, based around users' use of Content Warnings.
The dataset can be found here:
It was created by the University of Milan, Italy, apparently for the 13th AAAI:
The associated publishing:
https://aaai.org/ojs/index.php/ICWSM/article/download/3262/3130/ or https://likeable.space/media/30ae595a191923a1ce84a1e0feac6a3cef5b8669f44e15535ea18c7a5594b93a.pdf?name=Mastodon%20Content%20Warnings%3A%20Inappropriate%20Contents%20in%20a%20Microblogging%20Platform.pdf or DM me for a copy.
"Privacy built in: F-Droid App Store"
We have computed the very first chosen-prefix collision for SHA-1. To put it in another way: all attacks that are practical on MD5 are now also practical on SHA-1.
We have reduced the cost of a collision attack from 2^64.7 to 2^61.2, and the cost of a chosen-prefix collision attack from 2^67.1 to 2^63.4.
Demo: The legacy branch of GnuPG (version 1.4) is vulnerable. We have created two PGP keys with different UserIDs and colliding certificates.
I sneaked a tiny change into the next #FDroid app release (1.8). App-details will now also display the summary text.
While it's a tiny trivial change, I'm hoping it'll make the app way more usefull. Because often summaries are the only translated text we've got. Also search results sometimes only show the first few words of a summary. Now it's becoming easy to find closure. Last but not least this will make the app and webiste more consistent.
I've just watched:
The ecosystem is moving by #moxie https://fahrplan.events.ccc.de/congress/2019/Fahrplan/events/11086.html
I think the only point I don't disagree with is "Decentralized systems are hard, harder than centralized ones."
Why does the Web need a memory? Ask folks on Yahoo Groups. @firstname.lastname@example.org once wrote “Never trust a corporation to do a Library’s job.” For 23 years, we’ve been saving the web pages you depend on. Ever used the #WaybackMachine? We ask u, please chip in today.
Jetzt gibt es einen Onlineartikel mit meinem vollen Namen drinnen wo ich als Sexist geframed werde weil ich dazu beigetragen habe, dass eine trans-feindliche (hetzerische) Social Media Plattform nicht gratis Werbung auf F-Droid bekommt.
Die Welt ist schon ab und zu verrückt.
Aber es war auch irgendwie absehbar ...
If you are a web developer trying to keep spambots out, DO NOT use reCAPTCHA. It is an unethical privacy invasion that follows people around the Web and stops disabled people from accessing information or services for no good reason.
Instead, just ask a (very) simple logic puzzle from a decent-sized set. Ask the questions in regular text and give an option to change puzzles. Switch out the library of puzzles occasionally. This will stop the vast majority of spambots.
Hope you had a great #HumanRightsDay.
There are easy ways how to opt out from data analytics of your #Mastercard and #Visa credit cards: https://www.mastercard.co.uk/en-gb/about-mastercard/what-we-do/privacy/data-analytics-opt-out.html & https://marketingreportoptout.visa.com/OPTOUT/request.do
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